Colleges in Florida

Florida is known for its palm trees, warm weather and sandy beaches, which makes it an ideal destination for obtaining a college degree. There are over 500 universities and colleges in Florida. The Florida College System is comprised of 28 public colleges, including 12 four-year universities. Two of these - Florida State University in Tallahassee and the University of Florida in Gainesville - consistently rank as top schools not only in academics, but also in their university sports programs.

The state university program is governed by an elected chancellor and administered by the Florida Board of Governors, per an amendment to the state constitution. The Florida Department of Education is the association that oversees all public schools in Florida.

The University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla., is the largest in the entire state, with an annual enrollment of over 56,000 students. UCF offers bachelor through doctoral degrees, with emphasis in the fields of hospitality, engineering, education and health sciences.

The University of Florida is the second-largest Florida university, with just over 50,000 students. U of F is well known for programs in health and veterinary sciences, law, business and education. The Florida Gators consistently rank in the top of the NCAA Division 1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) in football, basketball and baseball. The team’s namesake also provided the name of the sports drink known as "Gatorade," which was developed on the UF campus.

The Florida State University is located in Florida's capital city, on a beautiful, sprawling tree-lined campus of brick buildings. The FSU Seminoles participate in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic Coast Conference and are dominant contenders in football, baseball, and basketball. FSU is known for their liberal arts, social sciences, business and communication programs. Florida State is also one of the eminent graduate research schools in the nation.

Miami is home to the University of Miami, part of The Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF). This association of Florida colleges is comprised of over 28 private colleges and universities. The University of Miami has one of the top marine biology programs in the country. Medicine, law and international education are also notable programs.

Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., is one of the most prestigious Florida colleges in the country. This private Florida school is affiliated with the ICUF and is often referred to as the "Harvard of the South." Rollins has more than 30 degrees in arts and sciences, with emphasis on the liberal arts. There is a history museum and a performing arts center on the campus.

There are also plenty of specialized schools in Florida. The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach trains students for careers in aeronautics while the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota focuses on fine art and other art-related degrees. There are Florida colleges that focus on nursing and other medical sciences. There’s even a college that specializes in Oriental medicine. Florida schools have something for everyone in pursuit of higher education.

About Florida State

Florida is the peninsula state of America. Bordered on one side by the Gulf of Mexico and the other by the Atlantic Ocean, it has the nation’s longest coastline of approximately 1,350 miles. Nicknamed "The Sunshine State", Florida’s climate is sub-tropical and most of the state is at sea level. It is the 22nd largest state and has the fourth largest population as well as fourth largest economy.

The state's economic development is primarily driven by its 19 metropolitan areas. Of those areas, Jacksonville is the largest Florida city and Miami-Dade its largest metro area. Tourism is one of the biggest economic sectors, stimulated by the climate, the beaches and the theme parks. The Walt Disney World Resort area in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., which is just outside of Orlando, is home to four theme parks and is the largest vacation resort area in the world. Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World and Busch Gardens in Tampa draw millions of visitors every year to the Central Florida area.

Construction is another major industry in Florida. The many tourists that relocate from colder climates to enjoy the warm, sunny weather motivate development. The lack of a state personal income tax also fuels relocation. However, Florida suffered a huge financial shock during the real estate crash in 2008. The same climate that attracted so many "snow birds" was also responsible for some devastating hurricanes in 2004, and Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, was one of the costliest hurricanes in the nation, with the Miami area taking the brunt of this Category 5 storm.

A need to diversify economics was evident and former Governor Jeb Busch targeted the biomedical sector. Orlando became home to a huge biosciences cluster of development, along with technology spurred by the aerospace industry. Since NASA landed in Titusville in 1962, the Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach area became known as the "Space Coast". Florida has a sizable military presence, with 24 military bases, including Central Command in Tampa. The military gave rise to the defense industry, another major economic contributor.

Agriculture is the second largest state industry. Citrus is an important part of that industry, and most of the citrus fruit in the United States is grown in Florida. The state is also the largest contributor of sweet corn and green beans for the country. With all of its coastline, as well as its many lakes and the Everglades, fishing is a huge industry in Florida, employing over 60,000 people.

Florida's diverse population has made international banking another important economic area. The large Hispanic population is comprised of Cuban-Americans in Miami, Puerto Rico descendants in Orlando and Tampa, and Central America migrant workers inland in the agricultural regions. According to the 2010 US Census, over 22 percent of Florida's population is of Latin American heritage. Though the Hispanic segment is becoming more affluent, low wages in tourism, hospitality and agriculture made the state 27th in the nation in per capita income in 2011, with an average income of $39,500 per individual.

Found 431 Post-Secondary Schools In Florida


Title City State Type Enrollment
Ati College of Health Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 269
Cape Coral Beauty School Cape Coral FL 2-year private, for-profit 17
Central Florida College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 215
College of Business and Technology Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 118
Cooper Career Institute West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 207
Florida Career College Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 971
Florida College of Natural Health Bradenton FL 2-year private, for-profit 96
Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Saint Petersburg FL 2-year private, for-profit 55
Florida National College Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit 1352
Florida National College - Flagler Campus Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida National College Training Center Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Florida Technical College Orlando FL 2-year private, for-profit 571
Florida Technical College of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 278
Full Sail Real World Education Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 1910
Golf Academy of the South Altamonte Springs FL 2-year private, for-profit 158
Gulf Coast College Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 127
Herzing College Winter Park FL 2-year private, for-profit 97
Herzing College Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit 161
High - Tech Institute - Orlando Orlando FL 2-year private, for-profit 453
ITT Technical Institute Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 363
Keiser College - Daytona Daytona Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year private, for-profit 3086
Keiser College - Lakeland Lakeland FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Melbourne Melbourne FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Sarasota Sarasota FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keiser College - Tallahassee Tallahassee FL 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Key College Dania Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
Miami Ad School Miami Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 9
National Aviation Academy A & P School Clearwater FL 2-year private, for-profit 168
National School of Technology Inc Hialeah FL 2-year private, for-profit 502
National School of Technology Inc Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 393
National School of Technology Inc Miami FL 2-year private, for-profit 544
New England Institute of Technology - Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 836
Prospect Hall School of Business Hollywood FL 2-year private, for-profit 94
Remington College - Largo Largo FL 2-year private, for-profit 274
Sanford - Brown Institute - Ft. Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year private, for-profit 668
Sanford - Brown Institute - Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 225
Sanford - Brown Institute - Tampa Tampa FL 2-year private, for-profit 285
Southern College Orlando FL 2-year private, for-profit 318
Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville FL 2-year private, for-profit 209
The Academy Lakeland FL 2-year private, for-profit 332
Webster College Holiday FL 2-year private, for-profit 157
Webster College Ocala FL 2-year private, for-profit 328
Wyotech Daytona Beach FL 2-year private, for-profit 1249
Central Florida Carpenters Jatc Orlando FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Countryside Christian Training Center Clearwater FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Florida College of Natural Health Miami FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 314
Florida College of Natural Health Maitland FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 246
Florida School of Preaching Lakeland FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Institute of Legal and Medical Professions Melbourne FL 2-year private, not-for-profit 65
Pinellas Mechanical Pipe Trade Jac Pinellas Park FL 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Atlantic Technical Center Coconut Creek FL 2-year public 1570
Brevard Community College Cocoa FL 2-year public 13265
Brewster Technical Center Tampa FL 2-year public 181
Broward Community College Fort Lauderdale FL 2-year public 27389
Central Florida Community College Ocala FL 2-year public 5230
Charlotte Technical Center Port Charlotte FL 2-year public 1276
Chipola College Marianna FL 2-year public 1845
D G Erwin Technical Center Tampa FL 2-year public 853
Daytona Beach Community College Daytona Beach FL 2-year public 10420
Edison College Fort Myers FL 2-year public 8919
Florida Community College at Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 2-year public 20838
Florida Keys Community College Key West FL 2-year public 1625
George Stone Career Center Pensacola FL 2-year public 537
George T Baker Aviation School Miami FL 2-year public 133
Gulf Coast Community College Panama City FL 2-year public 5341
Hillsborough Community College Tampa FL 2-year public 18497
Indian River Community College Fort Pierce FL 2-year public 13186
Jackson Memorial Hospital - School of Rad Tech Miami FL 2-year public No Data
Lake - Sumter Community College Leesburg FL 2-year public 2751
Lake City Community College Lake City FL 2-year public 2143
Lake Technical Center Eustis FL 2-year public 669
Lee County High Tech Center Central Fort Myers FL 2-year public 874
Lee County High Tech Center North Cape Coral FL 2-year public 120
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center Miami FL 2-year public 275
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee FL 2-year public 1010
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology Naples FL 2-year public 1607
Manatee Community College Bradenton FL 2-year public 7834
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton FL 2-year public 2721
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center Ocala FL 2-year public 20
Martin County High School Adult Education Stuart FL 2-year public No Data
Mcfatter Technical Center Davie FL 2-year public 986
Miami Dade College Miami FL 2-year public 46834
Miami Lakes Educational Center Miami Lakes FL 2-year public 1098
Mid Florida Tech Orlando FL 2-year public 1927
North Florida Community College Madison FL 2-year public 1358
Okaloosa - Walton College Niceville FL 2-year public 6663
Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Fort Walton Beach FL 2-year public 860
Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth FL 2-year public 17326
Pasco - Hernando Community College New Port Richey FL 2-year public 5165
Pensacola Junior College Pensacola FL 2-year public 9985
Pinellas Technical Education Center Saint Petersburg FL 2-year public 1232
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater Clearwater FL 2-year public 1417
Polk Community College Winter Haven FL 2-year public 5611
Radford M Locklin Technical Center Milton FL 2-year public 322
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven FL 2-year public 156
Robert Morgan Educational Center Miami FL 2-year public 1075
Saint Johns River Community College Palatka FL 2-year public 4512
Santa Fe Community College Gainesville FL 2-year public 12464
Sarasota County Technical Institute Sarasota FL 2-year public 963

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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